Black Pearl Books
7112 Burnet Rd.
Community is a huge focus at Black Pearl Books, which was founded by Katrina and Eric Brooks when they noticed their children’s classroom education could use some supplementing with additional books and learning materials. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, the store also has a book exchange section, where visitors can take a book and leave something to share.
5501 North Lamar Blvd.
One of the last feminist bookstores in the United States, BookWoman started out as a women’s collective more than 45 years ago and has maintained its dedication to supporting Austin’s LGBTQ+ community through several moves around Austin. The store carries a wide selection of multicultural fiction, poetry and children’s books, and has been located at its current home on North Lamar since 2008.
South Congress Books
South Congress Avenue’s eponymous literary venue is best known for its multitude of rare, vintage and collectible books. Owner Sheri Tornatore established herself as a successful online bookseller before opening this iconic brick-and-mortar more than a decade ago. With first edition books, original music posters, artwork and more, the inventory at South Congress Books offers surprises and nostalgia for all readers.
603 North Lamar Blvd.
A two-story building with practically every book you can think of — skip the online search and head to BookPeople. On top of its wide reading selection, guests can peruse the shop’s amazing selection of gifts, notecards and calendars near the register. Take advantage of the staff’s expertise by checking out their book recommendations, shared on note cards throughout the store.
Austin Public Library Recycled Reads Bookstore
5335 Burnet Rd.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly experience, head to Recycled Reads. The Austin Public Library gives its weeded material to the shop, which also takes donations from the public to sell. Deals are available for books, board games, puzzles and more, with all proceeds benefiting the Austin Public Library. A sustainable and affordable option for all readers, most books range from 50 cents to $2 each.
5330 Menchaca Rd., Unit D
Reverie Books, formerly Good Buy Books, was purchased by Thais Perkins and Maryann Cicala in 2021 when previous owner David Schunk wanted to retire. Schunk, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran, is now a business partner with Perkins, and the re-branded shop pays homage to its original name with a Good Buy Books sign present inside. Reverie Books is particularly dedicated to its South Austin community, highlighting works from local authors and hosting readings and performances from Austin poets and songwriters.
Austin Books & Comics
5002 North Lamar Blvd.
This one’s for the comic book fans. Austin Books & Comics has been open since 1977, catering to many fandoms along the way. The retailer has an unmatched stock of comics, of course, but also carries many graphic novels, toys, posters and collectibles. Visit Austin Books & Comics website for its Pick of the Week and find your new favorite comic.
2000 Thrasher Ln.
This independent bookstore specializes in Native American, Latinx and African-American literature, among other subjects. The neighborhood shop also hosts events, serves as a meeting space for local organizations and highlights the work of emerging authors.